"Let's sea what you can discover" by: Anika Gingle 4th hour

Basic information about becoming an oceanographer

  • They study ocean floors, coastlines, plants, and animals that live in oceans.
  • They study the ways that the sea and the air above it influence each other.
  • They study all of these things to help others who study areas such as weather forecasting and national defense get more information.
  • The main areas in oceanography are physical, chemical, geological, biological,and marine.
  • They earn $68,570 per year as a national average
  • They have to have a masters degree or higher to become an oceanograogher.
  • They measure the amounts of animal, mineral, and vegetable particles that fall and collect on the ocean floors.
  • They examine marine creatures and classify them into related groups.
  • Also they use complex instruments such as electron microscopes, thermometers, electromagnetic meters, and current meters.
  • To become an oceanographer you have to have at least a Bachlors degree.

Pros and Cons about being an oceanographer

  • One pro is that an oceanographer uses complex instruments. This is a good thing so then they can get more specific information and clear pictures to help other scientist understand the ocean better.
  • Another pro is that oceanographers do not just do one thing but rather they do multiple different things that relate to the ocean. This is a pro because when you do a job you don't want to be doing the same thing everyday.
  • Last pro is that oceanographers like the adventure of living and working at sea. This is a pro because people like the outdoors and the wilderness rather than just being stuck in a office all day.


  • One con is you have to spend time alone while doing research as an oceanograogher. This is not a good thing because then you will be away from friends and family a lot while doing research at sea.
  • While being an oceanographer you may have to deal with long and irregular work hours. This is a con because people would rather have a regular work day.
  • You may have to travel a lot to be closer to the ocean. This is a con because if you do not live close to the ocean.

What you need to do in high school and college to become an Oceanograogher

High school Courses:
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statics and probability

College Courses:

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Biology and limnology
  • People who want to teach at the university level or conduct research must have a doctorate degree and a license.

Three colleges I can attend to become an Oceanograogher

Hawai'iPacific University

At Hawai'i Pacific University they provide you with a strong academic foundation in the physical and biological sciences including additional preparation in understanding marine systems.


  • Hawaii Pacific University is by the ocean so oceanograoghers can study the ocean.
  • There is a diverse number of boys and girls at this school.
  • They offer a lot of college jobs at this school so you can go to school and have a job.


  • Hawaii Pacific University out of state tuition is a lot of money so you will have to pay a lot if you want to go here.
  • Hawaii is far away so you will have to drive a long way to get back home.
  • There are not a lot of sport opportunities at this university so if you like to play sports they might not have it here.

University of Michigan

At the University of Michigan they are determined to provide students with broad introductions to oceanography.


  • This school is close to home so you won't have to drive far.
  • There is a lot of hands on opportunities so you can auctually try to use the tools.
  • There are a lot of outdoor/environmental classes that will help oceanographers get ready to work outside.

  • This school is hard to get into with a lot of applicants.
  • The out of state tuition is a lot of money so you will have to pay a lot.
  • This school is not by the ocean so oceanograoghers can't study the ocean.

Humboldt State University

At Humboldt State Univeristy they prepare students to graduate and study in oceanography by acquiring of a broad science background.


  • The tuition is less than other schools so you dint have to pay a lot.
  • It's by the Pacific Ocean so people can study by the ocean.
  • The cost for books is low so you don't have to spend a lot.

  • This school is far away so you will have to fly or drive here.
  • There are not a lot of opportunities to play sports so if you play sports they may not have it here.
  • If you live on campus the taxes are high so you will have to pay a lot to live on campus.

For more information go to these associations listed below


Name: America geosciences institute

Address: 4220 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22302


Phone number: 703-379-2480



Name: the oceanography society

Address: P.O. Box 1931.

Rockville, MD 20849-1931.


Phone number: 301-251-7708.

Email: info@tos.org.

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